Greetings from the European Union!
It is about that time of the year (again) when Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend is running the Start-a-Blog Challenge and I attempt to hop on this train to give a boost to my blogging life. Because I know that the prompts, the accountability and the community support might be just what I need to get through to the regular writing habit. Plus, this time around I actually want a WDS ticket as well ;)
Last time things did not go far beyond the first post… I had a very, very difficult time in August–October, and I simply had no energy for anything but the basic survival here.
Move to a wonderful shared apartment in Hamburg, which finally happened in November (instead of planned August), became the first step in returning my life back, and one of the first steps on actually living the life of my dreams.
First of all, the room where I moved to was actually a home. It was good, wonderful, filled with good energy and aligned with my energetic directions (I have number 2 in Feng Shui). In contrast to my temporary accommodation for the previous period, this new room was supporting and recharging me.
Then, Hamburg itself, as a city which I love so deeply, was holding me gently. It was very difficult in the first weeks to adapt, and I was still going to Bremen almost daily… But then I had moments when I could close my eyes on a bus or a city train in Hamburg, take a long breath, then open my eyes, look around and realize that here it was, one of my dreams came true.
People. Live Your Legend puts a high emphasis on the people we surround ourselves with (they even have a whole online course on the topic of connecting), as a way to get to doing the things we want to be doing. So I engaged with the local meetups, and was spending time with pleasant positive people, for whom life was working out in some way. So eventually, the life did it for me as well.
Meditation. A friend of mine from Hamburg, whom I also started seeing more often after my move, introduced me to the regular group meditations held by Tibetian Buddhism Center… And they had an incredible effect on me. I knew about the value of meditation from Leo Babauta and Alex Mill, and I practiced it from time to time by myself at home. But here I could re-use and re-interpret one of Live Your Legend principles, “Environment is everything”. Having an appropriate space – big, clean, and properly decorated, – plus being together with a group of people who all share the similar intensions, and the physical presence of the Guide… The experience of these meditations are deeper and much more profound than any times I meditated before.
Another important component, which is not connected to Hamburg, was… a gratitude diary! (Surprise-surprise!) A friend of mine shared a twist on it with me, which integrated the wisdom of Abraham-Hicks (among others), and included not one but several questions. I added another tiny twist of my own, and here are the prompts I’ve been using daily for the last few months:
I am grateful for…
What is going right, and how?
What do I want, and why?
Imagination: What if…
Dreaming: Wouldn’t it be nice if…
These prompts are reorienting my thoughts in the positive direction at the beginning of each and every day. At first (2-3 weeks), the process was a grind, required me from 40 minutes up to two hours to fill 3-5 responses to each question. But after about 4 weeks, a sudden insight clicked in my mind, and the positive became the norm. And oh boy that feels so good.
After a few weeks in the process I added a section to the diary to remember and appreciate the good things that do happen in my life each day. I am a person who trusts the inner voice and I do my best to follow my intuition, but I used to feel guilty that many of the awesome, incredible things I actually do aren’t those I thought of doing or I was “supposed” to be doing. For this section, there is a single prompt:
I have accomplished today: …
All together, the elements described above contributed to my healing, restoration and growth. These days, I feel more alive and happy then I have ever been before and I am engaging in something so incredible… that I only could dream of earlier. But I’ll leave that for another post.